posted March 15, 2003 10:20 AM
This was sent in by Dan Wright ... Maybe the Forum Twin, which operated from 1981-???
"This is either a one or two screen theatre on 21st street in Tulsa Oklahoma. It is gutted to a shell. The remains of the projection booth above the lobby are visible. There are two ports for the projectors remaining. I could not tell if this was a one screen running two projectors or a twin.
"There appears to be some fire damage to the front of the building although it is not apparent in the photographs. No one in the ajacent shopping center could tell me what it was called or when it closed."
posted March 15, 2003 10:26 AM
Here's another one from Dan in Tulsa. His information says it's the Plaza 3, but when I did city directory research, I never came up with that name.
Maybe this one is the Forum Twin with a screen added later in life? It fits the time frame.
"This is the Plaza 3 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was built around 1980 but was not open for more then a few years. It is now a church. From what I am told it was owned by the same people who built the Bowman Twin.
"This is located on 21st street. I do not have an exact address."
posted December 31, 2003 05:11 AM
Having grown up on Tulsa's eastside, I am thoroughly familiar with both cinemas you show on this thread.
The flat-facade cinema was indeed the Forum Twin (attached to the old one-story Forum Mall). It was located 11676 E. 21st Street in Tulsa, and you have it listed as # 16347 on your cinema listings page for Tulsa. I remember seeing both Star Wars and E.T. at that theater. It closed in the mid-1980s. You have it listed as opening in 1981, but that is incorrect. An opening date of 1975 is more realistic.
The round-facade cinema was the Plaza 3, located at 2001 S. 129th E. Avenue (merely 3/4 mile east of the Forum Twin), and listed as # 22882 on your cinema listing. The center theater was one of the largest in Tulsa. I recall seeing countless summer movie matinees there with hundreds of other eastside kids. The last movie I saw there was Top Gun. It closed shortly after that in 1987 or so. It had opened in the early 1970s. The building now belongs to Eastland Baptist Church (which is a block north of this building), and they now lease the building to Plainview Baptist Church.